Legal Resources

Roundtable Discussion on Phishing Education: A Staff Report by the Federal Trade Commission

July 14, 2008

Workshop focused on revitalizing consumer and business education on phishing, which uses deceptive spam that appears to be coming from legitimate, well-known sources to trick consumers into divulging sensitive or personal information.

National Do Not Call Registry Annual Report - 2007

July 10, 2008

Annual report to Congress from the FTC providing an overview of the operation of the National Do-Not-Call Registry, which provides consumers with an effective means to limit unwanted telemarketing calls.

Alcohol Report - 2008

June 26, 2008

2008 FTC alcohol report about the effectiveness of the alcohol industry's voluntary guidelines for advertising and marketing to underage audiences.
 

Beyond Voice: Mapping the Mobile Marketplace

May 6, 2008

Town Hall exploring the evolving mobile commerce (Mcommerce) marketplace and its implications for consumer protection policy. This meeting built on a 2006 hearing which examined technological and business developments expected to shape consumers' experiences over the next ten years.

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act Report - 2008

May 5, 2008

Seventh annual report from the FTC, the Department of Justice, and the Department of Education describing efforts to combat scholarship and financial aid fraud in 2007.

College Scholarship Fraud Prevention Act - 2007 Report

May 5, 2008

Report to Congress from the Department of Justice, Department of Education, and the FTC to provide an update of their activities to combat financial aid fraud and an assessment of the nature and quantity of financial aid fraud during the previous year.

Green Packaging Claims

April 30, 2008

Workshop that examined developments in green packaging claims and consumer perception of such claims. This workshop is one component of the Commission's regulatory review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

Innovations in Health Care Delivery

April 24, 2008

Workshop about the competition and consumer protection issues regarding health care delivery innovations. Discussions focused on limited service clinics, price and quality transparency, and health information technology.

Protecting Consumers In The Next Tech-ade Report

March 28, 2008

Staff report highlighting the challenges of consumer protection in the face of emerging and evolving technologies in the next ten years.

Fair Debt Collection Practices Act Annual Report – 2008

March 21, 2008

Report to Congress summarizing the administrative and enforcement actions taken in the preceding year under the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act aiming to curtail abusive, deceptive, and unfair debt collection practices in the marketplace.

Carbon Offsets & Renewable Energy Certificates

January 8, 2008

Workshop examining the emerging market for carbon offsets and renewable energy certificates, and related advertising claims. This workshop is one component of the Commission's regulatory review of the Guides for the Use of Environmental Marketing Claims.

Security in Numbers: SSNs and ID Theft

December 11, 2007

Workshop continued the work of the President's Identity Theft Task Force by exploring the uses of Social Security numbers in the private sector and the role of SSNs in identity theft.

Identity Theft Survey Report - 2006

November 27, 2007

Report about 2005 identity theft survey showing that 8.3 million American adults, or 3.7 percent of all American adults, were victims of identity theft in 2005.

Ehavioral Advertising: Tracking, Targeting, and Technology

November 1, 2007

Town Hall on consumer protection issues raised by the practice of tracking consumers' activities online to target advertising. This meeting built on a 2006 hearing which examined technological and business developments expected to shape consumers' experiences over the next ten years.

Consumer Fraud in the United States: The Second FTC Survey

October 29, 2007

Report about 2005 survey of fraud in the United States showing that 30.2 million adults – 13.5 percent of the adult population – were victims of fraud.

Collecting Consumer Debts: The Challenges of Change

October 10, 2007

Workshop to explore changes in the debt collection industry and examine their impact on consumers and businesses, including the effects of technological, economic, and legal changes on the debt collection industry and whether the law has kept pace with the developments.

Weighing In: A Check-Up on Marketing, Self-Regulation, & Childhood Obesity

July 18, 2007

The FTC and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) jointly sponsored a forum allowing members of the food and media industries and self-regulatory groups to report on their progress in implementing initiatives addressing food and beverage marketing to children.

Spam Summit: The Next Generation of Threats and Solutions

July 11, 2007

Event that convened experts from the business, government, and technology sectors, consumer advocates, and academics to explore consumer protection issues surrounding spam, phishing, and malware.

Improving Consumer Mortgage Disclosures: An Empirical Assessment of Current and Prototype Disclosure Forms

June 13, 2007

Bureau of Economics report presenting the results of a study that found that mortgage disclosure forms fail to convey key mortgage costs and terms to many consumers.

Children's Exposure to Television Advertising in 1977 and 2004: Information for the Obesity Debate

June 1, 2007

Report looks at television ad exposure for children in the year 2004 and compares it to similar research from 1977.